Worship Reentry FAQs

Q.  Can we keep COVID-19 out of our church if we do all the right things?

A.  No, we will have some who will test positive.

Q.  What’s the Big Deal?  Why do some make so much of this virus scare and some seem to feel we are REALLY silly and all of the precautions are unnecessary?

A.  As is the case with most issues of concern, each of us knows differing amounts of fact and comes to the table with different capacities of how much threat we can afford for ourselves and our families.  COVID-19 has caused and has the potential to cause a severe taxing on our healthcare system due to the severity of its symptoms.  Particularly, due to the sometimes severe attack on the respiratory system, our limited number of ventilators needed safeguarding.  No one wanted to have a patient to require ventilator assistance and not have one available or worse, decide between two sick people who would get the equipment.  You may not exist in this work making these kinds of decisions, but we hope you can respect those who do and the decisions they are trying to make.

General Worship

Q.  Will anyone be prohibited from attending?

A.  Yes and No.  We will share the CDC’s recommendations for safety if you are of a certain age or have preexisting health conditions but you still can choose what you want to do.  While we will screen all returning for their exposure or testing, we will only prohibit a person who comes to church with obvious illness (chills, vomiting, etc.) but all are welcome to continue to worship online.

Q.  Why we won’t we be singing when we return, at least at first?

A.  Singing projects droplets to a distance that we are not yet comfortable with in potentially exposing others to our germs.  Also since we are mandating masks, singing will be quiet and muffled at best but might allow for soft meditative singing as we follow along with the lyrics.

Q.  How many people will be at each service?

A.  The maximum number of participants at each service is 75.  This number includes ministers, AV team, ushers, and others needed to provide worship leadership.

Information about Children

Q.  Why would we reopen in stages?  Why won’t there be children’s church?  Why can’t we have Sunday Morning Bible Study yet?

A.  The reentry team is doing hours of research each week determining what is recommended, what makes thoughtful sense and what can our staff and volunteers manage as far as learning as we go.  Reopening in stages allows us to manage good infection control, keep us all socially distant, and as safe as we know how to be.  Children have a much harder time staying distant, functioning independently, and wearing masks.  Since these are the three necessities in the stage we are in, we must have children’s ministry wait a bit longer to begin so that we have much less COVID-19 to protect them from.

Q.  Speaking of children, I heard that kids don’t have anything to worry about with this virus.  Is that true?

A.  Some children are exhibiting severe symptoms that we have not seen in adults.  Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.  We do not yet know what causes MIS-C; however, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.  MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.  (CDC-2020)

General Prevention

Q.  Why the emphasis on handwashing?

A.  Germs are always carried on our hands.  We use our hands to touch many things including vulnerable places like our children or elderly parents/grandparents or our faces.

Q.  Why are faces vulnerable?

A.  Faces contain mucosal (moist) tissue like mouth, nose, and eyes facilitating quick transmission of bacteria or virus.

Q.  Why are masks/face coverings helpful?

A.  Covering one’s nose and mouth when out and about does not protect the wearer but will help protect others by blunting any projection of air droplets that may contain the virus. Because none of us knows if we are carriers, we live as if we are infected and therefore we cover our faces in the event that we sneeze or cough or laugh, the projection of droplets won’t travel far from us.

Q.  Why aren’t gloves mandatory?

A.  We have natural gloves – skin (unless we have cuts or open places on our hands).  Gloves are only helpful if someone has not washed their hands frequently such that the gloves are cleaner than their own skin, or if one is performing a sterile procedure (surgery, sterile dressing change) and the gloves are sterile.  The PROBLEM with gloves is when we don’t understand their use, and when we wear them for long periods without changing or washing them, we are falsely presuming safety for ourselves.

Q.  Why wash hands for 20 seconds?

A.  It takes 20 seconds of friction to remove 99% contamination from hands.  Soap reduces friction allowing removal more efficiently.

Q.  Why is antibacterial soap NOT preferred?

A.  It has not been shown to remove any more contamination from hands yet does remove healthy bacteria in water systems fostering “super-bugs” or bacteria that has become stronger in the presence of modest treatment.

Q.  If I have other medical conditions, am I more vulnerable?

A.  Medical conditions that have suppressed one’s immunity (cancer, organ transplant, etc.) will make it easier for someone to catch any virus.  If one’s medical conditions make their care complicated normally (heart and/or lung, etc.) may not make one more susceptible to getting the virus but certainly MAY make the course of the illness more complicated.

Q.  What kinds of things can I do to help my immune system be as strong as possible?

A.  The ways we help our bodies be the healthiest they can be are:

  • SLEEP – get enough good quality sleep
  • NUTRITION – consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, and water fuels our organs and cleanses some impurities from our system
  • EXERCISE – physical exertion is essential for stress management and good cardiovascular health
  • GRATITUDE – acknowledging all that we have to be grateful for honors God, reframes our current stress, and focuses our energies on our blessings which elevates natural endorphins
  • BALANCE – maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol, limit sugars, limit fats and salt, limit toxic relationships, limit screen time, limit toxic exposures (words, sights, chemicals)
  • PRAYER – time in quiet reflection with God, self, meditation, and stillness can move our cognition to our higher order thinking, connecting us to God, stimulating problem solving, enhancing creativity
  • SERVICE – activities (cards, calls, sewing, cooking, yard work, food distribution) that remind us that our lives are not about ourselves but about our contribution to others is faithful to our tenets and actually boosts our T-cell (an immunity component) count
  • STORYING – the REGULAR sharing of ourselves with others and the eliciting of stories from others creates a connection between us that can motivate, challenge, love, redeem, and heal.

For more information about our reentry guidelines including terms, supplies, and other emergency care information, please click here.

 

Please note there will be no services or other church activities until further notice.  Click on the banner for more information.